Posts Tagged ‘Shaker’

Made in the USA – Shaker Boxes and Tote

Monday, August 5th, 2013

In the true Shaker tradition, craftsman Keith Griffith has designed and created these beautiful pieces to join the Sturbridge Yankee Workshop collection of Shaker items.  Continue reading below for more reasons why these items are such unique treasures.


Works of Art Meets Elegance and Function

Using the same construction the Shakers did in the 1700s, wood worker Keith Griffith takes pride in creating these unique pieces of art.

The wood is cut into thin bands which are then drilled and hand carved to tapered swallowtail joints.  The swallowtail joint, as seen to the left around the band of our Made in the USA Cherry Shaker Tote, is crafted to expand in heat and contract in cold.

In the Shaker tradition, the swallowtail joint ensures that the wood does not split during temperature changes while maintaining the overall simplicity and elegance of the piece.


Traditional Craftsmanship

After finely sanding, each piece of wood is soaked in boiling water.  Now more pliable, the bands are bent to shape and fastened with copper tacks.  The bottom is then attached with wood pegs.

The wood is sanded again then painted in a deep country red and rubbed to let the beauty of the cherry wood show through.  If you look closely, you can see the gorgeous detail in the wood grain of our Shaker Banded Box.


Finely Crafted From Start to Finish

To create a beautiful and durable finish, layers of seal coat, urethane oil and paste wax are applied to the wood.  Extra time is spent on the finishing process to ensure that these works of art look great and last a long time.

In the picture to the left, you can easily see the finished product of this fine craftsmanship in our Shaker Banded Box collection.


Simplicity and Elegance in Every Room

Wherever you choose to display our Shaker Tote and Banded Boxes, we can assure you that they will enhance your country, primitive, or Shaker inspired decor.

Interested in more Shaker information? Read more about the history of SYW’s Shaker furniture by clicking here, or the history of Shaker craftsmanship by clicking this link here.

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Town & Country – Shaker Extraordinaires

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

There are friendships and then there are those who stick with you through it all. Town & Country is the latter. They are Mainers, long time business partners, and most of all – friends of Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

In 1974 in the deep throws of a Maine winter, Town & Country sprang up through the snow pack to make custom cabinets. Over time their business grew to include all types of woodworking, but they kept the same sturdy eye on getting it right. More time passed and in 1987, Town & Country became allies in the world of furniture; teaming up with others meant creating spectacular furniture at a great price, made right here in our wonderful state of Maine. These marvels of lumber, these overlords of timber, make our entire line of Shaker furniture. Town and Country perhaps will be modest when they speak of how incredibly well put together their furniture pieces are, but we feel it necessary to shout it out  for them.

Combining long lines, classic styling, and the pure simplicity, it’s hard to miss the beauty of shaker furniture. The Country Shaker Table and End Table are perfect examples of how uncomplicated design can be beautiful. The wood speaks for itself on the top, showing the swirling grain, capped with clean rounded edges. The stained legs and drawer pop out in great colors. We think the proverbial cherry on top is the stained drawer pull – mirroring the stunning cherry stain on top. Town and country creates all kinds of marvelous shaker furniture for us, from the simplistic Shaker Storage Bench, the great Country Shaker Coffee Table. They make it easy to fix up your work space with the Desk Organizer. Even if your living room needs a bit of storage, the Shaker Tall Bookcases are perfect in any traditionally furnished home. Short on space? The Shaker Low Bookcase is the perfect height for filling the wasted space below a window.

With all of these options and the sheer quality of the craftsmanship, we believe the pieces from Town & Country work in any home and will hold up for years to come.

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Remember American Shaker History This Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Shaker Low BookcaseShaker Origins – Incredible Craftsmanship
Simplicity, purity, and utility have been the founding cornerstones of Shaker furniture, design, and living for nearly as long as America has been a nation. In 1774, Ann Lee arrived in New York with nine followers of a religious sect known as the Wardleys. They settled near Albany, where they developed into a community completely dedicated to spiritual living. Because their rituals included shouting and trembling, the religion’s followers became known as Shakers (thought to have been derived through combining the words Shaking and Quakers.)

Over the next 106 years, the Shaker movement grew to include nineteen religious communities scattered from Maine to Ohio to Florida, with a following of around 6,000 members. This included the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in Maine, founded in 1783—the last active Shaker community, located just a few towns over from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

Smithsonian Magazine has a series of articles detailing Shaker history and culture:
Living a Tradition
A Foot Stomping Toe Tapping Culture
I Was a Teenage Shaker
Shaker Recipes

Simple Beauty in Everyday Objects
The Shakers sought to apply harmony and order to every aspect of life. As they put it, “Do your work as though you had a thousand years to live and as if you were to die tomorrow.” Simple, honest style and fine craftsmanship are the hallmarks of Shaker design.

Handcrafted in Maine
Strurbridge Yankee Workshop’s Shaker Furniture is handcrafted in Maine, where fine workmanship and quality materials create valuable pieces you will be proud to have in your home or office.

Shaker Storage BenchShaker Country Sofa/Hall Table

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